Looking for the perfect winter getaway? 5 affordable trips that are trending right now

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Winter is the season when many people hole up in their homes and wait for the world to thaw, making it a great time to travel. You’ll find fewer crowds at popular destinations than during the summer, and you’ll also get great deals on accommodation. This is especially important now, when inflation is at its highest level in decades.

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More than half of US residents plan to travel during the upcoming winter season, according to a new survey from vacation rental management company Vacasa. This is roughly the same percentage as last year.

The survey of 1,000 US adults, conducted in conjunction with Allison+Partners, found that the vast majority of winter travelers (91%) said rising travel costs had impacted their travel plans winter and/or upcoming holidays. This may mean booking well in advance to save money (33% of respondents), adjusting travel days to get the lowest price (27%), or meeting family/friends halfway ( 22%).

About seven in 10 winter travelers have already booked their winter vacations or trips. About the same number of respondents said they plan on average two weekend trips (67%) and/or trips lasting a week or more (71%). For those planning longer trips, about three in five (59%) plan to work remotely while traveling to extend the length of their vacation.

In terms of hot destinations right now, Vacasa has highlighted five in North America – four in the US and one in Canada. Travelers looking for a bargain will also find affordable options at all five destinations. Here is a quick overview (average prices in effect as of November 11, 2022):

  1. Atlantic Beach, North Carolina: Located on a barrier island near the mainland, Atlantic Beach is a popular summer destination that offers a more relaxing vibe in the winter. Affordable winter lodging options featured on the Vacasa site include A Place at the Beach 310, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that averages $91 a night; Seaspray 232, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit that averages $95 a night; and A Place At The Beach 237, a 1-bedroom, 2-bath unit that averages $99 a night.

  2. Ludlow, Vermont: A great destination if you prefer a laid back experience close to Okemo Mountain Resort, a popular ski destination. An affordable winter option that can be split among a larger group of travelers is Sweet Solitude G104, a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom unit that sleeps up to nine people for an average of $300 a night.

  3. Mammoth Lakes, California: You can hit the slopes of the Mammoth Mountain ski area or explore the surrounding nature. Affordable winter options include Summit 276 C, which has one bedroom, two bathrooms, and a loft and costs an average of $181 a night.

  4. Virginia Beach, Virginia: In addition to the beach, this destination offers family attractions and a decent scene for foodies. It’s a good place to go if you want to split the costs with a large group. Affordable winter options include The Sanctuary – Serenity Now 418A, a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom unit that sleeps up to 12 people for an average of $272 a night; and The Sanctuary – Penthouse Paradise 402A, another 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom unit that sleeps up to nine people and costs an average of $254 a night.

  5. Whistler, British Columbia: A popular ski destination that gained worldwide fame when it hosted events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Affordable options include Cascade Lodge 411, which sleeps two and costs an average of $93 a night; and Whistler Peak Lodge 518, which sleeps four and costs an average of $154 a night.

A separate analysis by Forbes revealed that domestic travel is the most popular choice for holiday/winter travelers this season. For those planning to travel overseas, four of the top 10 are known for their beaches, including Mexico and the Bahamas.

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Similarly, the Vacasa survey found that 75% of travelers plan to stay in the United States this winter. Of these travellers, 31% travel more than 1,000 miles from home.

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